During the financial crisis of 2009, forest tenures were abandoned and several mills shut down. The inevitable economic fallout that followed – jobs lost, businesses shuttered, services reduced – has haunted them since. Taking a leadership role, the Chiefs Forum went searching for an alternative economic model and determined that the values and approaches used by Ecotrust Canada to create conservation economies made sense.
In 2012, Ecotrust Canada worked with local municipalities, industry, and First Nations to gain agreement. In 2013, we published the economic analyses to back up our plan. In 2014-2015, we are working with the Elders to create a vision for their territory and will use this vision to drive the design of some new business activities that balance cultural, financial, social and ecological interests.